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NewsFire 1.3 (v49) Beta

NewsFire 1.3 screenshot

NewsFire 1.3 (v49) is now available for download. This beta release fixes some parsing bugs with RDF feeds and with XHTML encoded content in Atom feeds. Spotlight indexing performance has also been improved.

Feature-wise, the only change is a revision of the add feed panel. Firstly, you can now add feeds directly to a group via a pop up menu. Additionally, the panel now does a certain amount of auto-discovery. If you type in a valid feed URL, the name field will be auto-filled.

You can also type in a URL fragment and NewsFire will try and discover a feed for that address. For example, if you type in “apple.com”, NewsFire will expand this to “http://wdirect.apple.com/main/rss/hotnews/hotnews.rss”.

  • December 26th, 2005 7:23 pm



Very nice as always – feels nippier than the last major release. One thing I thought might be easy & useful is to allow renaming (in place with no popup dialog) of feeds or groups by pressing that rotated K button – the one to the right of the right apple key on my powerbook.

Noticed that some of my feeds have crappy default names and would be useful to rename them quickly.

Keep up the good work – cheers!


Great program – what would be über cool is syncing with .mac – With 3 computers I find it very important.

Great programs though.



Can you add a preference that allow you to choose the color of the group text, because if you have a dark background the black text is not readable.

Thank you so much


Could you add:

– basic support for video podcasts (playback in external app)
– a spinning indicator to show when NewsFire updates the feeds


fuck ya dave!


Could we have a new smart feed condition to filter on target URL?

Just a couple of other things I’d ask for that have already been raised, the ability to hide the feed side bar and just hit “space” through all the unread posts. And a more intelligent Dock icon, perhaps like DockStar for Apple Mail.

Thanks, as ever, for all your hard work Dave!